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Electronic Longroom | CBSA Automates And Streamlines Paper Processes
Jan Brock

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced in their 2021-22 Departmental Plan that “To further streamline commercial processing, the Agency will continue to implement the Electronic Longroom, an email and digital stamping service offered at some CBSA offices that provides an alternative way to submit certain documentation to the CBSA. This initiative automates and expedites the process for commercial clients to declare goods and pay applicable duties and taxes.”

September 13, 2021
Canada’s Trade Incentive Programs
Jan Brock

Canada has a number of Trade Incentive Programs to allow Canadian companies to remain competitive in the ever increasing global competitive market and to entice foreign investors to invest in Canada. Trade incentives permit companies to waive, postpone or refund some or all of the duties and taxes that would otherwise be payable. Before reviewing the many programs, let's take a look at Canada’s Foreign Trade Zone Program.

September 10, 2021
CARM | B3 And B2 Will Be Replaced By CAD
Jan Brock

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) will introduce a new Commercial Accounting Declaration (CAD) in Release 2 which is scheduled for Spring 2022. The CAD will enhance and replace the current B3 (Customs Coding) and B2 (Request for Adjustment) processes. 

August 5, 2021
CBSA 2021 Trade Verification List | Part 2
Gloria Terhaar

Twice a year, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) releases its Trade Compliance Verification Priorities list. CBSA manages trade compliance with the tariff classification, customs valuation, and origin programs.

July 21, 2021
CARM | Financial Statement Changes in Release 2
Jan Brock

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) is a large multi-year project which started in 2016 with the Accounts Receivable Ledger (ARL).With release 2 of CARM, changes will be made to ARL. Keep reading to learn more.

July 5, 2021
Online Purchased Parcels Stuck at the Border? Read This Post.
Trish D'Haese

With the US/Canada land border closure over the past year, many online shoppers have been struggling to find ways to ship their US-delivered goods to Canada easily. In this blog post, we are discussing this issue with one of our Operations Release Agents to determine what, if anything, can be done.

June 21, 2021
CARM: Everything You Need To Know In One Place
Lisa Stevenson

With Release 1 of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) right around the corner, many importers are wondering how it will affect them and what they need to do to prepare. In Release 1, Importers will be able to create a CARM Client Portal (CCP). But what does this portal do and what MUST an importer use it for? To answer those questions, we interviewed our Canadian Regulatory Analyst, Gloria Terhaar, and Operations Manager, Cherie Storms to help guide you on your CARM quest.

May 20, 2021
CARM | Billing Cycle Changes
Jan Brock

CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) is a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) multi-year project to simplify and modernize the accounting and data management systems to provide the commercial trade community with a streamlined method of interaction with CBSA.

May 14, 2021
Golf Carts, Race Cars, Vehicle Parts and Other Non-Regulated Vehicle Imports
Jan Brock

With summer right around the corner, and many Canadians wanting to enjoy the great outdoors, we thought we would address common questions surrounding vehicles used for hobbies. Whether you are looking to purchase a golf cart, UTV, segway, e-bike, or work on your hobby car project by importing some vehicle parts, these are the regulations you will need to know and follow.

May 13, 2021
Canada’s Rules On Marking And Labeling Imports
Jan Brock

Marking and labeling requirements are largely unknown to many foreign exporters looking to import their products into Canada. We are often asked what requirements these companies must meet. However, this can be a tricky subject for Customs Brokers to cover as some labeling requirements fall outside of Customs Act legislation which is enforced by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), whereas marking requirements do.

May 12, 2021